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Modular Critique Workshops

An 8 Session in-Depth Photography Program

Presented by Brian Rabin

 

Workshop Details

The Modular Critique Workshops are designed to give aspiring photographers a sound mechanical photographic foundation and room to explore new photographic topics. Accelerate your learning process and improve your photography in a short period of time, in a rigorous and engaging curriculum. The program will encompass an overview of exposure; shutter speed, aperture, ISO and color balance, followed by composition and creative techniques.

 

Who Should Attend

Beginners and Intermediate Digital SLR enthusiasts who are looking for an advanced photography salon environment with a twist of lecture and critique and a desire to reach beyond their current abilities should attend. This eight-session class will improve your photographic skills and push you to capitalize on your existing abilities. Within this eleven week program, group as well as individual projects will be assigned that will challenge your abilities, further your experience, understanding and improve the outcome in your photography.

 

Education & Critique

Through an approach of presenting a new lecture topic for each module, a basic foundation of photographic skills is developed and built upon. Each lecture is followed by a critique of the students’ work. In turn, each student will progress in learning new concepts at a rapid rate. Participants will contribute in the topics of the following modules, and as such, each subsequent module will be tailored to address the interests expressed and identified by the group.

 

Each of these workshops will present a unique opportunity to experience photography instruction and critique in a very hands-on and intimate approach. 16- 8x10 Prints for critiques are included in the tuition price.

 

Program Sequence

Session 1- The Basics of Photography Expanded

The first session will cover topics including Aperture, Shutter Speed and Film Speed, as well as an aesthetic understanding of composition and seeing and understanding light.

 

Session 2- Technical Review

This will serve as a question and answer session without the critique component to address any technical questions. We will go over the use of particular cameras, a follow up about exposure value, and anything else the class would like to discuss.

 

Session 3- Perspectives

You will begin to examine and understand different perspectives from the use of different lenses: wide angle, normal and telephoto. We’ll also go over color theory and the importance of how color and the moods of color represent different perspectives in your photographs.

 

Session 4- Field trip to Clyffords Still Museum & the Denver Art Museum

The group will start at the Clyffords Still Museum and dive into a word of color. Still’s interest in high-key color— in particular red, yellow, and blue—is apparent in very early works such as PH-77, 1936, where both clothing and landscape are reduced to these primary colors.

 

You will then venture to see the works of Georgia O’Keeffe at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. Brian will guide you through how the styles and techniques of both artists can be applied to your own photographs to make them more compelling.

 

Session 5- Macro Photography

Learn about the world of Macro photography and the tools to capture better images. Brian will go over the function of macro lenses, extension tubes, and close up filters. You will also explore how the importance of background composition and depth of field relates to macro success.

 

Critique Session 6- Queens Salvage Yard

Take what you learned from session 5 and put it into action. Brian will lead the group to the Queens Salvage yard in Denver where students will practice shooting and build on the foundation from the previous macro lecture.

Critique Session 7- The Decisive Moment and Street Photography

Brian’s will showcase his favorite photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson who is best known for his term “The Decisive Moment.” Henri Cartier-Bresson’s long passion for photography will be explored with a slide presentation of his Life’s accomplishment and also a compilation of video interviews where he discusses his work and theories.

 

Critique Session 8- The Final Critique and Gallery Show & Reception

This session will provide students the opportunity to present their work to friends and family for a gallery style opening and reception at Mike’s Camera in Boulder. Each student will hang 3-pieces 11x14 mounted or framed and can discuss their work.

 

Dates and Times

Session 1 – Tuesday January 29, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Session 2 – Tuesday February 5, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Session 3 – Tuesday February 19, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Session 4 – Saturday February 23, 10:00AM-3:00pm

Session 5 – Tuesday March 5, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Session 6 – Saturday March 9, 9:00AM-11:00AM

Session 7 – Tuesday March 19, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Session 8 – Friday April 5, 5:00PM-8:00PM

 

Student Responsibilities

At the termination of each session, a shooting project will be assigned for the following week. For planning purposes, a weekly commitment of 3-4 hours outside the classroom is to be expected.

 

Each 3-hour class will begin with a lecture followed by a critique of the students work. Students will be expected to bring three 8x10 inch prints to the next session for critique.

 

Tuition

$349 per person

 

16- 8x10 prints critiques included in price. Prints orders for your critiques can be placed online at the Online Photo Center at mikescamera.com

 

Class Size

Due to the hands nature of this on class, sessions are limited to 15 people

 

Additional Info

Contact Brian Rabin at brabin@mikescamera.com or by phone 303-443-1715

 

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About Brian Rabin

Photographer and Educator, Brian Rabin is a seasoned photographer and a lead instructor at Mike's Camera. Brain is well known for his enthusiasm and passionate instruction style and brings over 20 years of experience in various photographic disciplines including event photography, portraiture, macro and street photography. His work has appeared in one-man shows, group exhibits and has been published in national and local magazines.

 

Originally from New Jersey, Brian now calls Colorado home. Recently, Brian’s work has been featured as a contributor in last year’s issues of Edible Front Range Magazine and a group exhibit with The Photo Martini Club at the Denver Aquarium this summer. In addition his work has appeared in the Japanese website Eco.Goo.

 

Brian is also a Certified Photographic Consultant, by Photographic Marketing Association International and a past member of Professional Photographers of America (P.P.A.). PMAI, the Photo Trade organization awards the Certified Photographic Consultant (CPC) designation to individuals who successfully meet rigorous testing on photo and digital imaging technologies. The CPC is the highest professional recognition in the photo/digital imaging industry.

 

Brian is a graduate of the New England School of Photography were he specialized in Classical Portraiture and Color Procedures. The combination of the two – disciplines reflects his outlook on life and his personal style of balancing the traditional point of view with a splash of something new or experimental. For Brian, photography is a vehicle to explore life. He can often be heard saying I hope my students learn as much about photography as they teach me about people, photography and life in the classes I instruct.

 

Modules for Critique Workshops

The two session Critique Workshop modules will be offered every 4-6 weeks and consist of one lecture and hands-on shooting event, followed by second interactive session of lecture and critique. Allow three to six hours for each Module session. Topics may include, but are not be limited to the following photographic topics:

  • Candid & Street Photography
    Taking better candid pictures of family and friends and children and everyday life

  • Portrait Photography
    How to get better results when photographing people

  • Studio Portrait Photography
    Studio flash photography: photographing your friends and family with studio lighting or professional results.

  • Studio Product Photography
    Studio flash photography for products for catalog and e-bay.

  • Off Camera Flash Photography
    Understanding your cameras flash system for flash and fill-flash photography.

  • Macro/ Close-up Photography
    A hands-on review of basic skills, including composition, exposure, depth of field.

 

Dates and topics for modules to be announced. In addition to the topics listed above, additional topics may be added based on participant interests and feedback.

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